We just made roaming around Singapore with a little bub THIS much easier...
It’s no secret that we LOVE living in Singapore. It’s one of the best places in the world to raise wee ones thanks to the amazing transportation system, year-round sunshine, stroller-friendly parks and shopping malls, not to mention all the fun, free things you can do! But when you’ve got a tiny human under the age of two, the logistics get kind of tricky – especially if you’re commuting. You’ll need to consider whether there are lifts for your strollers, nursing or changing rooms within walking distance, or if a place has lockers for you to store your carseats. And of course, always have mosquito repellent and sunblock at the ready. Sounds like a lot of work, we know.
Just remember that the trick to bringing out bub (and enjoying it) is preparation. Yep, you gotta make like a Girl Guide and do as much research as you can. And considering Singapore’s hotter-than-hot weather, you’ll want to stay out of the heat as much as possible (aka early mornings are your best friend). We all want to expose our kids to new cultures and places, art and food, but let’s face it – if your tot is under one, they probably won’t remember anything. Since you live in Singapore and may well visit the same places again when your baby is older, pick a place with fewer challenges and age-appropriate activities. Taking bub to a night art festival, for example, is probably a better experience at three years than at six months.
In short, if you want a (mostly) tear-free experience for all parties involved, you’ve got to be practical and well-prepared. If you’re looking for ideas for a day out with bub, not to worry – we’ve done all the legwork for you so all you need to do is pack that nappy bag, load up the stroller and dress your tiny human up in their cutest outfit. Now let’s get a move on! There’s a kopi and plate of kaya toast with your name on it!
Crawl the day away at an indoor playground
Need to get some tummy time in? Head over to the indoor playground nearest you. These places are usually filled with age-appropriate toys, soft landings and stimulation for kids of all ages. Although most indoor playgrounds have dedicated spaces for pre-walkers, some spaces, like Pororo Park, Petite Park and Joy of Toys are more baby-friendly as a whole. They’re also connected to malls, which means easy nursing and changing room access and lifts for strollers.
Joy of Toys, 6 Eu Tong Sen Street, #03-51 Clarke Quay Central (Yellow Zone), Singapore 059817; www.joyoftoys.com.sg, Petite Park, Kallang Wave Mall, 1 Stadium Place, #01-06/07, Singapore 397628; www.petitepark.com.sg, Pororo Park, 6 Raffles Boulevard, Marina Square #02-29, Singapore 039594; www.pororoparksg.com
FutureWorld at the ArtScience Museum
Since bub is much too young to give his or her opinion on the impact of World War II on Asian impressionist art (what!?), you’re better off schlepping them over to FutureWorld at the ArtScience Museum, a permanent exhibit by the uber fun and techy TeamLab. It’s got oodles of cool interactive and immersive artworks that’ll get your tiny human clapping with delight. This museum is worth coming back to over and over again, especially since the installations keep changing. Oh, and it’s right next to Marina Bay Sands so MRTs or hopping in a cab isn’t a problem. Also, your ticket to the ArtScience museum also doubles as entry to the digital canvas at B1 of Marina Bay Sands. Score!
Future World @ ArtScience Museum, 6 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018974, www.marinabaysands.com/museum/future-world
Attend a class
Your baby may teeny weeny, but it doesn’t mean they won’t enjoy a fun class or two. Lucky for you, there are heaps of different baby classes you can try out, ranging from music and yoga to swimming, baby gym and everything in between. Our hot tip? Classes are a great way to get a breather from #mumlife. If you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed, hand over the class-bringing duties to Daddy, who’d probably be more than willing to spend some extra QT with baby.
Spend the afternoon at a playground
For some reason, bucket swings – and regular swings, for that matter – are quite hard to come by in Singapore. Babies like to be pushed on swings too, people! The newly opened Jubilee Park at Fort Canning, Esplanade Park, East Coast Park, Adventure Playground at Bishan Park and Bishan Park Playground all have bucket swings so that bub can enjoy the great outdoors too!
Esplanade Park, Along Connaught Drive, Singapore 179682 Adventure Playground at Bishan Park, Ang Mo Kio Ave 1(Bishan Park 1), Singapore 569983, www.nparks.gov.sg, Jubillee Park, Fort Canning, Cox Terrace, Singapore 179618; www.nparks.gov.sg, Bishan Park Playground, 310B Ang Mo Kio Ave 1, Singapore 562310, www.nparks.gov.sg
Beat the heat with a bit of water play
A sweaty baby is never a happy baby and, in Singapore, you can never get away from the omnipresent Mister Sun. Our super-fun solution? Skip the AC and head to one of the city’s awesome water parks to cool off and have splashy fun! The toddler area at Gardens by the Bay and Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden are our top baby-friendly picks – your tots can toddle around without getting knocked down by the older kiddos.
18 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018953. Open Tuesday-Sunday from 9am-9pm (closed on Mondays); www.gardensbythebay.com.sg, Singapore Botanic Gardens, 481 Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 259769. Open Tuesday-Sunday 8am-7pm (Closed on Mondays); www.sbg.org.sg
See Nemo and friends at the S.E.A. Aquarium
There’s no doubt about it: babies will love peering into the glass and saying hello to all their fishy friends at S.E.A. Aquarium at Sentosa. The best part? They’ll have 100,000 aquatic animals to choose from too! We also love the fact that the aquarium is fully air-conditioned, which means you can take your time gazing at the glowing jellyfish or even take baby out of the pram and let them crawl around the auditorium of the Open Ocean Gallery as they look up at happy manta rays and sharp-toothed sharks.
S.E.A. Aquarium, Resorts World Sentosa, 8 Sentosa Gateway, Sentosa Island, Singapore 098269; www.rwsentosa.com
Enjoy nature at Gardens by the Bay
After your bub has had their fill of water play fun, head over to the Cloud Forest Dome at Gardens by the Bay for an awesome stroll that’s sure to lull them right to sleep – yas! As soon as you enter, bub will enjoy seeing the world’s tallest indoor waterfall, blasting full force. Once they’re done napping, head next door to the Flower Dome for more flowers and a cuppa at Pollen.
Gardens by the Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018953; www.gardensbythebay.com.sg
Grab a book or two at the National Library
It’s never too early to cultivate a love for books, we say! Whether your wee one has big love for lift-the-flap books or page-turners with tons of texture, My Tree House at the National Library has it. Plus, it’s got lots of (crawling) space for tots and even interactive installations.
#B1-01 National Library Singapore 100 Victoria Street Singapore 188064; www.nlb.gov.sg
Sunny days are picnic days
When it comes to awesome picnic grounds, the Little Red Dot has got them in spades. Our fave to take baby to? The Botanic Gardens! Although the sun can get quite hot, picnics with wee ones are actually one of our fave things to do, especially early in the mornings when the weather’s nice and cool. Grab a picnic blanket, bub’s fave snacks and a nice shaded spot and you’ve got your morning tummy time sorted. BONUS: the Botanic Gardens has both swans and ducks, and even the occasional squirrel!
Singapore Botanic Gardens, 1 Cluny Road, Singapore 259569; www.sbg.org.sg.
Explore the Singapore Zoo and the River Safari
Watch your wee one’s Dear Zoo dreams come to life as you whisk them away for a morning full of animal fun. Don’t forget to pack your mosquito repellent and sunblock – you’re going to be doing LOTS of walking! Feel free to skip the zoo if bub is younger than eight months old; it’s a whole lot of work for them (and you) and all parties might end up feeling miserable. Not feeling a 28-hectare walk carrying bub? Hop on a tram or rent a stroller or wagon. If you feel like checking out the River Safari, here’s the good news: most of it is sheltered! Bub will love the funny antics of the pandas at the Giant Panda Forest and the super-cute dugongs at the Amazon Flooded Forest.
Singapore Zoo, 80 Mandai Lake Road, Singapore 729826, p. 6269 3411. Adult $37, Child (aged 3-12) $25. Open daily from 8.30am-6pm. River Safari, Adults $34, Child (aged 3-12) $23. Open daily from 10am-7pm
Multi-park ticket packages available.
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